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Chemical and biological engineering professor elected to American Academy

Juan de Pablo

Juan de Pablo

Howard Curler Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Juan de Pablo is among four UW-Madison faculty newly elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Other UW-Madison faculty to join this group of pre-eminent scholars and leaders are archaeologist J. Mark Kenoyer, Biochemistry Professor Marvin P. Wickens, and Economics Professor Steven N. Durlauf. The four are among the 212 new members announced Tuesday, April 19, in an annual tradition of honoring the leading "thinkers and doers" from academia, business, public affairs, and the arts and humanities.

They join an impressive roster of fellows that includes Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Albert Einstein.

de Pablo's research interests include molecular modeling, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, complex fluid and polymer physics, and nanomaterials.

Kenoyer, director of the UW-Madison Center for South Asia, is an expert on ancient civilizations in the Indus Valley. He is field director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project in Pakistan. He has worked in Pakistan and India for more than three decades and is current president of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

Wickens, the Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, studies messenger RNA and how they are controlled in the context of development, cell growth and memory. His is a past president of the RNA Society.

Durlauf is the Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics. He has served as the co-director of the economics program of the  Santa Fe Institute and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests span macroeconomics, econometrics and income inequality.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, is an independent policy research center that focuses on interdisciplinary studies and public policy research. The new fellows will be inducted in a ceremony October 1 at the Academy headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jill Sakai
4/19/2011